|Pedro The Lion / Havasu|
|Artist:||Pedro The Lion||Added:||04/2022|
|Label:||Polyvinyl Record Co.|
|Add Date:||2022-04-25||Pull Date:||2022-06-27|
|Week Ending:||22 May||15 May||8 May||1 May|
|1.||May 27, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|4.||May 14, 2022:||Music Casserole |
|2.||May 26, 2022:||Hanging In The Bone Yard |
|5.||May 13, 2022:||Music Genealogy |
|3.||May 20, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|6.||May 13, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler |
“Havasu” Pedro The Lion|
At age 12, Pedro The Lion’s David Bazan moved with his family from Phoenix to Lake Havasu City in Arizona. Bazan’s recollection of his 7th grade insecurities in a brand new town and school provides the inspiration for the highly autobiographical “Havasu.” The album follows 2019’s “Phoenix” as the 2nd in a 5-part series revisiting Bazan’s childhood homes. The music is mostly low-key guitar rock with layered synths. Due to the melancholy themes, it can drag a bit at times. But there are a number of real gems on this album. RIYL: Headphones, The Hold Steady or Elvis Costello (his more mellow tracks).
Highly recommended: 4, 5, 3, 2, 1, 8. Possible FCC on #1 (pissed off).
1. (4:03) Don’t Wanna Move — Mournful guitar hints at Bazan’s disappointment over his family’s move. Syncopated rhythm. Clashing guitars as tension builds. Subtle storm effects. Possible FCC: pissed off. ***
2. (3:29) Too Much — More of a confident strut. Bazan’s 7th grade self enters his new school for the 1st time. Emotive vocals. Noisy trail-out. ****
3. (5:17) First Drum Set — Storytelling ballad. Big reverbed guitars. Lyrics about wanting to switch in middle school from playing clarinet to saxophone, but then ending up learning the drums. Builds to bigger sound. ****
4. (4:16) Teenage Sequencer — Pulsing, shuffling, incredibly catchy pop tune. Guitars and atmospheric synths. Longing vocals. Thumping beat. ****
5. (3:17) Own Valentine — Simple, wistful stroll. Strummed and picked acoustic guitars over a toe-tapping rhythm. Sweet vocals. ****
6. (3:57) Making The Most Of It — Very deliberate, slow swing. Crooned vocals.
7. (3:21) Old Wisdom — Mesmerizing, chimey clocklike melody. Lyrics explore the conflict Bazan feels about the move to Lake Havasu City.
8. (4:33) Stranger — Chilling feelings of distance and loss. Repetitive guitar arpeggios with vocals that soar into falsettos at times — backed by a gentle tapping. ***
9. (4:46) Good Feeling — Halting and contemplative, as Bazan’s next family move (to Santa Cruz) awaits. Chimey guitar. Minimal bass and drums.
10. (2:38) Lost Myself — Fingerpicked, highly reverbed guitar. Introspective lyrics and vocals about Bazan’s time in Lake Havasu City.
|1.||Don't Wanna Move||6.||Making The Most Of It|
|2.||Too Much||7.||Old Wisdom|
|3.||First Drum Set||8.||Stranger|
|4.||Teenage Sequencer||9.||Good Feeling|
|5.||Own Valentine||10.||Lost Myself|